The Morning Wrap: Government Will Slap 'Murder Charges' On Faulty Road Designers; India To Host Largest Ever Africa Summit

16/10/2015 8:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 14: Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari during the release of a book 'Bhavishya Ka Bharat' authored by Nitin Gadkari, at Maharashtra Sadan on August 14, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The number of students scoring 95 per cent and above in the Class XII examination conducted by CBSE rose 23 times in six years from 384 in 2008 to 8,971 in 2014. The school boards are going to consider paring this.

In the largest-ever turnout of African leaders in India, at least 41 leaders including South African President Jacob Zuma, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have confirmed their presence in New Delhi for the India-Africa Forum summit on October 29-30.

Nearly 1000 pharma companies are expected to be hit by the government's new norms on barcoding drugs and medicine strips.

Arun Jaitley has accused Kapil Sibalof being the ' brains' behind framing Shyamal Ghosh, the ex-telecom secretary who was recently exonerated by a special court, set up to probe the 2G scam.

The Supreme Court has allowed the use of Aadhar for voluntary schemes such as the MGNREGA.

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Road and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that road project developers could be charged with 'murder' if faulty road design could be proved to responsible for a fatal accident.

In a telling sign of the disintegration of India's joint-family system, companies now offer services to pre- book your funeral.

Telecom operators may have to pay consumers Re 1 as compensation for every call drop experienced, the sector regulator indicated, a day ahead of unveiling a system, strategy and process of identifying call drops.


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K Vijayraghavan says that India has had remarkable success in producing scientific talent of the highest order and must not be judged merely on the metric of Nobel prizes. "The ‘system’ needs to change, but the time spent in relentlessly flaying ourselves is the time spent away from working out solutions."

Soli Sorabjee picks out moments of humour and laughter from the usually staid and dry court proceedings in India.

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